The Curving Cardigan 18" Doll Clothes

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The Curving Cardigan: for those times that just need an extra feminine touch! This pattern, by Forever 18 Inches, uses a very easy, modified version of the Hong Kong Finish for the flirty curved edges on the bodice and sleeve cuffs. It goes together quickly and can be made from one fabric (separate ribbing is not required for the edging, although it can be used.) The look of this sweater can be changed dramatically by fabric choices, sleeve length, contrasting (or not) banding, and two styles of sleeve choices. Lightweight knits with a moderate one-way stretch (no more than 40%) are recommended.

Also included in this PDF pattern are some helpful resources for choosing the right knit. A retail resource is listed, along with a referral for a home-made gauge to help identify the actual stretch in a fabric.

On Fit:
This pattern was sized on a recently purchased American Girl Doll (Chest: 11”, Waist: 10 ¾”, Hips: 12 ½”). If your doll is older/larger, you will probably need to make adjustments to the pattern for an optimal fit.

Recommended Fabrics:  Lightweight Knits with less than 40% stretch.


Supplies Needed:
-A pair of small, very sharp scissors (essential for the Hong Kong Finish trimming process)
-½ yd. of a lightweight knit (58” wide) with a moderate (no more than 40-%) one-way stretch
-Matching thread
-Optional: a small button
-Optional: graph paper for drawing the bias strip pattern piece OR a rotary cutter and cutting mat
-Optional: A Ball-Point sewing needle (often used with knits). FYI: I used a regular needle for all the pieces I sewed with this pattern with great success

Skill Level:  Easy Intermediate


What You Get: One 23 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Perfectly wonderful!

I have to say, this is one of the easiest and most satisfying patterns I have ever sewn for dolls! I was so happy with the first sweater I produced, I have done a bunch more. I happened to have a bunch of clothes I was going to donate and I went in and stole every single sweater to pull apart and make this pattern! Perfect directions, pictures and pattern. It turns out so darling and looks way more elegant and complicated than the pattern would seem at first. Love it!!!

Jane W.


Classy and easy to make. Perfect fit!

Kathi M.

Curving cardigan

Wonderfully easy and fun to make. Will do it again!

Karen L.

My Favorite pattern

I absolutely LOVE this pattern. I have made so many if them and they all came out perfectly. I learned a new technique - and it was not hard to do. This little cardigan is perfect for finishing off just about any outfit. I highly recommend it!

Margaret D.

Another wonderful pattern. I have

Another wonderful pattern. I have made four cardigans so far to complete skirt outfits. I'm very pleased to have come across a pattern that goes together with ease and yields such a great result!